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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
David Robert Ord's long-term fascination with Jesus has apparently led him right to his own mirror--the object of every true spirituality. His book, "Your Forgotten Self: Mirrored in Jesus the Christ" is a lay book that covers profound subject matter in a "let's sit down and chat" manner. Every single question raised by searching Christians is covered in this book. Questions like: What is the nature of man? What was the purpose of Jesus' crucifixion? How does one access a living, vital God? And yet the answers are far from the traditional answers we've heard for centuries. No, these answers urge us to look in the mirror to find God. The answers inform us that we were born, literally in the likeness of the Divine, but that we have forgotten who we are. We are, the author tells us, God made flesh. But because we do not see ourselves this way, we create all manner of images of self in the mirrors of our lives. And because we do so, we have created a world filled with dark, dingy, unworthy self-images, reflected back to us in our relationships, our politics, our crime, our racism, etc. He tells us that all we need do is look within to find the true nature of our being. And he tells us how to do that in simple, direct language that brings the reader to his own mirror. Though this book is written about a character very present in Christianity, it is a must read for anyone who is searching for a real spirituality--not that one fed to us by churches, gurus and other external institutions, but one that creates for us "a heart flowing with rivers of living water." Read this book and open up to a whole new paradigm about life!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2008
Christians as a whole yearn to be more like Jesus. For the so called 'peace that passes understanding' and the 'joy unspeakable.' "Your Forgotten Self: Mirrored in Jesus The Christ" holds that they have it wrong. The reason? They think of Jesus as different from themselves. Author and teacher of religion for over twenty years David Robert Ford (who has had a fascination about Jesus since elementary school) believes that to be a true believer you must see yourself mirrored in Jesus Christ - to have faith is to understand yourself much like Jesus did. "Your Forgotten Self: Mirrored in Jesus The Christ" is enthusiastically recommended to Christian studies shelves and to anyone who wishes to be like more Jesus - and wants to realize that goal is closer than they could imagine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I love this book. It takes what I learned in the church of my childhood with what I've learned in my explorations as an adult. It just feels good to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2011
I came across this book in a public library last week and decided to borrow it. I agree with the essence of his writing, such as "Jesus was the embodiment of our true nature - a reflection of who we really are... To be a believer is to see yourself mirrored in Jesus." I have come to appreciate his writings which make sense and bring refreshment and liberation, as they differ from traditional interpretations by the mainstream christian circles which tend to be religious.

This part of his book is interesting as it is similar to the beliefs of charismatic preterism:
"On the eve of his crucifixion, Jesus told his disciples that he was going away to prepare a place for them. He was referring to the `heavenly places' in which, according to the letter to Ephesus, we are presently seated with him.

If He went, Jesus said, he would `come again', so that where he is, we may be also. Most translations distort the Greek, so that this statement is often read at funerals as if it refers to a coming beyond the grave. But the Greek employs a continuous tense that has the sense of a continual appearing. The second `coming' is an ongoing process of revelation of God's presence in humanity."

Yes, even as we talk about Jesus as our true identity and are reminded of God's presence with us, we are experiencing Jesus' coming again and again, and as we behold His glory in us, we are also being transformed into the same image from glory to glory by the Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

One may ask "What about the message of the cross?"

The author of the book wrote that God doesn't need to be appeased:

"God doesn't need anyone to die, anyone to atone, anyone to become a sacrifice in order to forgive sin. No balance of scales is necessary. The very idea is a projection onto God of a mistaken human sense of justice. The crucifixion has nothing to do with God forgiving sin. God has noble eyes and can only see his sons and daughters as perfectly lovable.

What does the crucifixion of Jesus have to do with us? Paul tells us that it depicts a death all of us suffer - the deadening of our Christ self by a world that doesn't recognise our divine essence. In the crucified Jesus, we see what we are really doing to ourselves when we don't embrace our identity as a daughter or son of God."

This view sits well with me as I have come to see the crucifixion as our co-identification with Jesus, rather than penal substitution.

The author also wrote about "understanding judgment and wrath", which is different from evangelical or fundamentalist christian teachings - and his interpretation is quite close to mine, except that I see "judgment and wrath" in the context of AD70 destruction of the Jerusalem temple, which took place in the form of experiencing condemnation in the consciousness of the unbelieving Jews, and this condemnation is not from God but from their guilty conscience since they chose to live under the law.

The author wrote:

"As Jesus awakens us to our divine essence, we are spared from `wrath', as Paul wrote to the Romans. This happens as we come under divine judgment. God's wrath and God's judgment have been terribly misunderstood because so many images of God from prior to Jesus' unveiling of our divine nature have been projected onto these terms. Jesus brings us a correct understanding of God's wrath and God's judgement.

The wrath of God isn't something an external God inflicts on us. As Paul told the Romans, God allows us to experience `a debased mind'. Completely unaware of our true self, we live entirely from an unenlightened state of mind, which results in us reaping the consequences of blundering our way through life. The `wrath' of God is the pain we inflict on ourselves - the self-hatred and unrest we feel within from living in ways that deny our divine essence."

So I understand the gospel as being about Jesus saving the people who lived under the old covenant of law prior to AD70 from wrath, that is, from experiencing a sense of condemnation in their conscience (which is a form of death), by exhorting them to repent and believe the good news (change their mind to believe that the kingdom of God is within them and they are one with God and not separate from Him).

In short, much of the writing in this book resonates with me, in view of what I have been learning about the infinite love and omnipresence of God who is never separate from us, and it is good to be awakened to our divine Self and stay free from guilt and fear, and from being manipulated by religion, to know God's goodness and love is also our own essence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I did not like this book at first, but bought it because my book club picked it. The first few chapters were cumbersome for me and I put it down - deciding not to finish it; however, because of my book club friends, I plowed through it, and it got better. The second half of the book is excellent with more practical information. I could just relate better to what the author was saying. Eventually, I really enjoyed the work and ideas, and I would recommend anyone reading this to give it a chance before tossing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Awareness of our inherent divinity doesn't come with our natural birth but is a process of enlightenment--of remembering our God essence."

I loved this book. I'm an avid reader of both traditional and new thought spiritual books, and this is going to be my go-to reference on the teachings of Jesus. This is the first text I've found that addresses every confusing and misinterpreted word of Jesus completely and satisfactorily. It's a treasure. I downloaded it to my kindle, but I'll be buying a hard copy for my library. In my view, it's a masterpiece.
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on September 3, 2014
exactly as promised by seller, wonderful results
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2009
We can do better than this. May be just right for some who may hear the truth at this speed. Personally, I hear it much stronger and clearer with A COURSE IN MIRACLES (directly from my source -JESUS), and THE PRESENT PROCESS (by one of His most able representatives here). In the end it does not matter how U hear it, but that U hear it, accept & surrender to it. Thanks always for the attempt, but I give this one a pass-bye.
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